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Farmers urged to cut antibiotics — GPs more popular for prescribing them!

The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance has published its report on antimicrobials in environment and agriculture and has urged farmers to cut their antibiotic usage.

Over half of antibiotics used worldwide are destined for animal use, with a new threat highlighted in China this month. The heavy use of antibiotics has lead to some infections being almost impossible to treat due to resistance to most major antibiotic groups developing. This comes in the same week that it was revealed that GPs who prescribe patients with antibiotics are more popular. Patient satisfaction levels determine how much a GP is paid, so it seems in doctor’s interest to prescribe drugs that may be inappropriate.

Tim Ballard, vice chair of the Royal College of GPs said, “public perception needs to change – our patients need to understand that when diseases become resistant to antibiotics, it means that antibiotics will cease to work and as it stands, we don’t have an alternative”.

With thanks to ANH International

 

Ian: I am amazed. They say we have no alternative. Yet I have had no need for antibiotics for 16 years. Am I missing something?
(Hint: Fill in the spaces. A_k_l_n_)

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By IAN HAMILTON

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